Simpson Thermal French Door for Mudroom

The Simpson exterior door for the mudroom was delivered to the house in November 2015. But with everything on our To Do list, installing the door was placed on the back burner.

The main reason this project was delayed for a seriously long time is that John doesn’t have too much experience hanging doors. Also, most doors arrive pre-hung and this door is not pre-hung; we intentionally ordered the door this way because the 2×4 walls were not built at the time I ordered it. (We didn’t have the jamb size until after John built the walls.)

This project will entail John to custom cut the jamb and hang the door. (He might hire someone to help him with this project.)

At first this was a little confusing for me because we have a brick house with  interior masonry walls (original parged block walls). And John built 2×4 walls a half inch off the masonry to allow for the electric, insulation and drywall. Therefore, the size of the jamb was an unknown at the time and not included with the door order.

The 7106 Simpson Thermal French Simpson Exterior Door is constructed with Select Fir, Water Barrier with Ultrablock. The glass is 3/4″ insulated glazing.

I chose this style with all glass to maximize on the natural light flooding the mudroom and also to look out at the patio + backyard.

The mudroom is on the ground level which leads out to the patio. As you can see in these photos I took this morning, the drywall needs to be finished on this level (+ the basement).

The original dreary-looking brown and beige tile floor will be replaced with new tile. (I have my eye on tile that looks like wood.)

Here is the original back door in the mudroom which is annoying to open and close because it has swollen over the years (original owner had rotted gutters and the rain poured on the door for decades).

In order to open the door, we have to pull hard on the door knob, and to close it, we have to slam it. Plus, the old door is dirty. I can’t wait to have the brand new door installed!

Above the door, John sprayed orange fire blocking foam (required by the township).

Here is the exterior where the wood jamb is visible with masonry on the left and right to fill the gap–done in 1954. The header is metal which will remain when John installs the new jamb.

Sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it?


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One thought on “Simpson Thermal French Door for Mudroom

  1. Tile that looks like wood is very popular right now. If you’ve been watching PBS’ This Old House: Detroit remodeled, they used a “plank” tile that looked like wood in the kitchen. It looked really great. I love tile because it is easy to install and easy to maintain. They used a dark brown and it looked wonderful. The only way you could tell it wasn’t wood was because of the uniformity.

    I’ve hung two doors in my life. Both slab doors bought at Home Depot, one on sale because a pane was broken. Easily replaced. I bought a hand plane and planed them myself. I also had to chisel out for the hinges and drill for the doorset. But I must say that was 20 years ago and I’m not really up for it any more. The advantage to the slab door, aside from price, was that I could choose which side I installed the hinges, the door set and whether it swung in or out. My kitchen door swings out, my garage door swings in.

    You are absolutely going to love that door. The original kitchen door my house had was like your original door; solid with an upper window. I replaced it with a French door and the light makes all the difference in the kitchen. I replaced a solid wood door entering the garage with one with an upper window and that brightens the interior of the garage enough for me to do some work without putting the light on.

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